New Student FAQs

Technologist FAQs for New Students
When's the best time to buy a computer for school?
Mid July to Early September offers the best opportunity to take advantage of “Back to School” promotions from major vendors. In addition, the UCLA Store offers exclusive Bruin Bundle savings that can be combined with these summer promotions from partners like Apple and Dell. Be sure to call us or check to get the latest offers!
Where do I get support?
The UCLA Computer Store's TechZone is a one stop shop for troubleshooting and repairing your computer hardware as well as mobile devices. We can also offer guidance on how to use your technology on campus, including helping you setup recurring backups of your data and setting up your UCLA accounts.
How do I know what computer is best for my major?

Most current computers will be able to handle the rigors of day to day academic life. However, disciplines such as Engineering, Architecture, Arts, and others will benefit from computers with stronger graphics processors and increased RAM. Ask our store technologists for suggestions! We also recommend checking in with your major's departmental website for any specific requirements and resources that are available to UCLA students. Here are some helpful links for schools on campus.

What software do I need?
In general, you'll want your essential productivity software like Microsoft Office, which is provided FREE to all full-time UCLA students through the Bruin On-Line IT Services Department Ask us about other FREE tools that UCLA offers to students like anti-virus and theft protection.
What accessories do you recommend?
First and foremost we recommend PROTECTING your devices and we have a great selection of cases for your computers, tablets, and smartphones. Secondly, we offer power packs to keep your mobile devices running all day and to keep you PRODUCTIVE. Finally, for the FUN things in life, we have a great selection of audio accessories and fitness gear to enhance your technology lifestyle.
How can I save more on my computer purchase?

In addition to taking advantage of academic pricing and summer promotions, you can also trade-in older technology for credit towards your new purchase. Follow the link below to get started!

We also recommend lowering your overall total cost of ownership by adding on the Safeware Protection Plan – for one price you can get theft protection, extended warranty coverage for up to 4 years, and coverage for damage due to accidents, drops, and spills! This coverage will protect your investment and give you peace of mind for your entire career here at UCLA.

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